Erick R Bandala

Erick R Bandala
Desert Research Institute | DRI · Divison of Hydrologic Sciences

PhD in Engineering (Environmental)

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Introduction
My research interest focus in the application of non-conventional energy sources (i.e. solar energy) to drive advanced oxidation processes for water, wastewater and drinking water as well as soil treatment, site restoration and water disinfection.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
Desert Research Institute
Position
  • Professor
January 2013 - December 2017
Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Position
  • Professor
May 1993 - July 2007
Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA)
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  • Titular Researcher

Publications

Publications (208)
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Impact of natural phenomena and anthropogenic activities on water quality is closely related with temperature increase and global warming. In this study, the effects of climate change scenarios on water quality forecasts were assessed through correlations, prediction algorithms, and water quality index (WQI) for tropical reservoirs. The expected tr...
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Five yeast fungi strains (i.e., two Cryptococcus albidus, one Candida guillermondii, and two Candida tropicalis) were isolated from sugarcane and tested for their use of lignin as sole carbon source and their potential to grow in the presence of phenol and phenol derivatives (i.e., pentachlorophenol and p‐nitrophenol). The full set of isolated yeas...
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In this research, a long-term (2014–2020) approach to quantify surface runoff and soil loss generated by different land use and precipitation regimes on Pisha sandstone hillslopes from the Loess Plateau, China was carried out. Using the K-means clustering algorithm, 50 precipitation events were classified into three different regime types based on...
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This study analyzed the access to plumbed water and the quality of the water in Native American communities in Nevada. Census microdata were used to assess trends in household water access along with data on household characteristics sourced from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Water quality reports were downloaded from the Environmenta...
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Electrochemical oxidation directly converts organic compounds into simple inorganic molecules like carboxylic acids, H2O and CO2, and it is considered an efficient method for treating highly polluted wastewater. In this study, MMO (Ti/IrO2-SnO2-Sb2O5) was tested for the electrochemical oxidation of mono-azo (Violet RL), diazo (Green A), and tetra-a...
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Post-tanning process in the tannery industry generates complex wastewater. Continuous electrocoagulation (EC) with carbon-steel electrodes was used to treat synthetic/post-tanning wastewater. Research surface methodology, based on central composite design (RSM-CCD), was used for variables optimization and analysis of variance (ANOVA) to relate all...
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Presence of bacteria/pathogens in urban stormwater constrains its safe reuse and highlights disinfection as essential for its reclamation. The novelty of this study is the preparation of a series of TiO2-biochar composites, which are easily separable from water, with different mass ratio values and testing for bacteria removal in stormwater as an e...
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This article aims to provide a thorough assessment of water quality and quantity incorporating the estimation of future patterns as a result of climate change from economic, environmental and social perspectives. Its scope extends from studying the physical parameters and rainfall patterns to maintaining an environmental flow with a better water qu...
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Extreme temperature significantly affects workforce health during the summer in locations with sustained high temperatures. The exposure of workers to excessive heat has increased in the last decades, and it is correlated with reduced productivity and work efficiency. The effects of extreme heat on the health of outdoor workers in the southwestern...
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This work tested the antimicrobial activity of three different biogenic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) against Escherichia coli (E. coli) for water disinfection processes. The influence of different AgNP capping or stabilizing agents (e.g., protein or carbohydrate capped) and the use of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the disinfection process were also...
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The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the environment, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone on this planet. However, progress on SDGs is currently lagging behind its 2030 target. The availability of water of adequate quality and quantity is considered as one of t...
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Our ecosystems are facing changes at a local andglobal scale because of human interventions. These transformations are a result of drastic urbanization, rapid industrialization, and natural resources exploitation to provide livelihoods and commodities for the increasing population. Recent global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic or cross-borderi...
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Reliable approaches for accurately assessing the performance of stormwater treatment systems is essential for their effective design, including filter media selection which can be a significant constituent in stormwater treatment systems. This study presents an innovative modelling approach integrating the Tank Model with the adsorption-desorption...
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This study investigates the use of bamboo in different industrial sectors, including construction and energy, to highlight its mechanical properties, resources, and innovative use through information gathered from Ethiopia, Guinea, and Georgia (Caucasus) as study cases. Research shows that bamboo is a common plant and an easily accessible material...
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Tannery wastewater was performed using electrocoagulation (EC) coupled with an electro-Fenton (EF) process and boron-doped diamond (BDD) anodes to generate hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and then optimized using the response surface methodology (RSM). Effects of three independent variables (e.g., reaction time, current density and Fe2+ concentration) on...
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In this study, a microbial consortium isolated from an activated sludge tank of a conventional wastewater treatment plant was immobilized using sodium alginate (SA) as a support material for contaminant biodegradation in wastewater. A volume of 500 mL of activated sludge was immobilized in the SA beads (with a mass concentration of 25 g/L). The res...
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The design of an industrial water treatment system using sorption is based on laboratory column tests. To verify the applicability of a column sorption system at industrial scale, it is necessary to determine the system's breakthrough time (BT) in a laboratory setting. In a laboratory column set-up, BT is referred to as the time taken by the adsorb...
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This study provides an integrated assessment of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), potas- sium peroxymonosulfate (PMS), and sodium percarbonate (PCA) performance in Albendazole (ABZ) degradation during advanced oxidation processes. The experi- ments were conducted in a UV photoreactor (16 mW m−2). Initially, H2O2 was tested as a model oxidant using ABZ/oxid...
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Zinc Oxide (ZnO) and copper oxides (CuxO) are among the most important semiconductor materials today. They both have several applications in the electronic industry and environment remediation due to physical, optical, and electronic properties and the growing concern of using earth-abundant catalysts instead of precious metals catalysts. The liter...
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Nanomaterials (NMs) synthesized using biogenic processes, including metallic NMs and semiconductors, have attracted significant attention because of their great activity, stability, low cost and toxicity, as well as their ability to act as an antioxidant and antibacterial. The photocatalytic activity of biogenic NMs (BNMs), however, is significantl...
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Different indicators such as precipitation, surface and groundwater availability, vegetation, and soil types are indispensable in developing land management plans for detecting, monitoring, and evaluating drought impacts at the watershed scale. Because of the complex interactions among these indicators, it is well known that one single hydrometeoro...
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Although the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement released in early March 2020 stated there is no proven evidence that the COVID-19 virus can survive in drinking water or sewage, there has been some recent evidence that coronaviruses can survive in low-temperature environments and in groundwater for more than a week. Some studies have also...
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Sanitary landfill is the most popular way to dispose solid wastes with one major drawback: the generation of landfill leachate resulting from percolation of rainfall through exposed landfill areas or infiltration of groundwater into the landfill. The landfill leachate impacts on the environment has forced authorities to stipulate more stringent req...
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The spatial assessments of water supply quality from wells, springs, and surface bodies were performed during the dry and rainy seasons in six municipalities in the eastern regions of Michoacán (Central Mexico). Different physicochemical parameters were used to determine the supplies’ Water Quality Index (WQI); all of the communities presented good...
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This project assessed the mineralization of Black NT2 (BNT2), a diazo dye frequently used in tanneries, using electrochemical technologies based on boron-doped diamond electrodes (BDD). The experimental trials included adding an Fe²⁺-catalyzed process known as the electro-Fenton (EF) reaction. The process was carried out in a recirculating pre-pilo...
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The ability of biochar beads embedded with freshwater algae ̶ Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Bc-Cp beads) were investigated for their efficiency in the removal of pollutants. Combining these is an innovative concept which can result in improvements in pollutant removal since both, biochar and algae have the ability for adsorbing/absorbing pollutants. Addit...
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The isotherm, kinetics, and thermodynamics parameters, and mechanisms involved in the adsorption of Pb²⁺ and Cu²⁺ ions from an aqueous solution using engineered hydrochar were investigated. The hydrochar was produced through catalytic hydrothermal carbonization of rice straw at 200 °C with (engineered hydrochar) and without (hydrochar) FeCl3 (1.2 %...
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In this study, the ability of the aerobic biogranulation process to remove organic matter, total nitrogen, and total phosphorous from wastewater was investigated. The effect of organic matter load on the quality of the produced biogranules and settling velocity of the generated biomass was also investigated. Four different aerobic scenarios were st...
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With global number of cases 100 million and death toll surpassing 2.16 million as of late-January 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly one of the major threats that humankind have faced in modern history. As the scientific community navigates through the overwhelming avalanche of information on the multiple health impacts caused by the pandemic...
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In recent years, the presence of the group of contaminants, termed as microplastics (MPs) has been recognized as significant water pollutants with considerable potential for exerting adverse impacts on human health and wildlife. Natural attenuation has practically no effect while conventional treatment processes are not capable of entirely removing...
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With over 64.1 million cases worldwide (by December 1, 2020) and a death toll surpassing 1.48 million the COVID-19 pandemics has filled not only with fear and isolation our day-to-day lives but also with a significant amount of disinformation, the unreliability of data, and lack of trust on the response of governmental officers and authorities that...
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Stormwater continues attracting attention as a potential alternative and largely uncommitted source of water for urban areas lacking adequate conventional water resources. However, the presence of a diversity of contaminants suggesting low quality significantly reduces its viability for direct reuse. Therefore, appropriate stormwater treatment is a...
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Water scarcity, which is exacerbated by climate change, is a major challenge to ensure human well-being. Therefore, it is equally important to protect conventional water resources from degradation and at the same time to identify cost-effective alternatives with a low carbon footprint. In this regard, stormwater plays a key role as it is a largely...
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The nanotechnology industry fabricates a wide variety of products used in many areas, such as pharmaceutical, medical, civil and space engineering, and day-to-day life. The application of NMs, however, has encountered significant drawbacks such as the high energy costs involved in NM production processes, or the use of hazardous chemicals. Using bi...
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Iron-containing zeolites were prepared using two-step postsynthesis and wet impregnation methods and characterized using conventional techniques. The materials were tested for production of hydroxyl radicals using N,N-dimethyl-p-nitrosoaniline (pNDA) as radical scavenger and discoloration of Congo Red (CR) using advanced oxidation processes (AOPs)....
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This study investigated the removal of Acetaminophen (ACT) using biochars having different physicochemical characteristics. Biochars subjected to post-pyrolysis heat-treatment at 300°C for different treatment times (0, 3.5, 8 and 24 h) were used. The resulting biochars were characterized using FTIR and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy. Experiments fo...
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In this study, electro-oxidation (EOx) and in situ generation of ferrate ions [Fe(VI)] were tested to treat water contaminated with Blue BR dye (BBR) using a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode. Two electrolytic media (0.1 M HClO4 and 0.05 M Na2SO4) were evaluated for the BDD, which simultaneously produced oxygen radicals (• OH) and [Fe(VI)]. The gener...
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Three different advanced oxidation processes, electrochemical oxidation (EO), electro-Fenton (EF) and photoelectro-Fenton (PEF) were tested for the treatment of individual and mixed solutions of Bismark Brown G, Bismark Brown R and Brown DGI dyes. The experiments were performed in a 500 mL stirred undivided cell with a 25 cm² BDD anode, using 0.050...
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Moringa oleifera (MO) seed extract coupled with electrocoagulation (EC) was used to remove fluoride from water. Different MO extract volumes (5, 12.5, and 25 mL of MO extract per water liter) were coupled with EC, using aluminum electrodes at different current density values (J = 0.7, 2, and 3.3 mA cm‐2) and different electrode separations (1, 2, a...
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This study investigated the role of surface hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of biochar on its pollutant leaching potential (pollutants originally in biomass feedstock), including nutrients, organic matter and metals in water treatment applications. The study outcomes confirmed that biochar with greater hydrophilic surface leached comparatively higher...
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Peroxymonosulfate (PMS) decomposition, hydroxyl radical (•OH) generation, and acetaminophen (ACT) degradation by the Co/PMS system using homogeneous (dissolved cobalt) and heterogeneous (suspended Co3O4) cobalt were assessed. For the homogeneous process, >99% PMS decomposition was observed and 10 mmol/L of •OH generation was produced using 5 mmol/L...
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This study evaluated the performance of a sequentially coupled UV/H2O2-anoxic system to treat industrial wastewater (IWW). Initial IWW characterization showed a high chemical oxygen demand (COD) load (13,261 mg L-1), 6,880 mg L-1 of total organic carbon (TOC), 569 mg L-1 of total nitrogen (TN), and an alkaline pH (9.1±1.51). Using advanced oxidatio...
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Use of p-nitroso dimethylaniline (pNDA) as a selective hydroxyl radical (•OH) probe compound has been extensively reported in the literature for evaluating the performance of the catalysts used in Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs). Some recent studies speculated that pNDA might be oxidized by other oxidizing species, and might also be directly re...
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Cavitation is considered a high energy demanding process for water treatment. For this study, we used a simple experimental setup to generate cavitation at a low pressure (low energy) and test it for hydroxyl radical production using a well-known chemical probe as a hydroxyl radical scavenger. The conditions for generating the cavitation process (e...
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Pharmaceutical derivatives have been reported to affect several water bodies around the world. Therefore, developing treatments that remove them from the environment is a significant need. The main goal of this work was to use powdered diatomaceous earth (DE) as a low-cost natural adsorbent for ciprofloxacin (CIP) in aqueous solutions, employing sy...
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Immobilizing nanomaterials in highly porous, surface active, structurally stable biochar creates novel nanocomposites that combines the well-known advantages of both materials. The exceptional contaminant adsorption and/or catalytic degradation capabilities of these nanocomposites have attracted the attention of the scientific community for possibl...
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A water quality study was carried out at the Adolfo López Mateos (ALM) reservoir, one of the largest tropical reservoirs in Mexico, located within an intensive agricultural region. In this study, the seasonal and spatial variations of nine water quality parameters were evaluated at four different sites along the reservoir semiannually over a period...
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The use of cobalt (II) salts (Co²⁺) for the catalytic decomposition of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) and the subsequent production of free radicals has demonstrated high efficiency in removing organic contaminants from water. However, only a few reports are available on the systematic analysis of PMS decomposition by Co²⁺ and its effect on contaminant de...
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Hourly temperature and dew point from Las Vegas were collected and used to estimate the heat index and excess heat factor. The indices were used with data of heat-related deaths to assess the effect of extreme heat on the population. The trends of the heat indices were analyzed for 2007–2016, and the correlation between heat wave episodes and the n...
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Biochar (BC) is an inexpensive and widely available carbon-based material with a variety of applications. Zero valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI), on the other hand, are highly reactive species. However, agglomeration and difficulty of separation from the treated media are the major reported drawbacks associated with nZVI application for water treatm...
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The catalytic role of iron during photoactivation of TiO2 still remains controversial, because of the different synthetic methods followed, the various post-synthesis processes, catalyst load and/or intensity of radiation used. This diversification on the processing methods and different experimental setups result in a large variety of iron chemica...
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Nanomaterials (NMs) from a wide variety of sources have been used to degrade pollutants and have been widely reported for several different environmental applications. The conventional chemical processes used to generate NMs may have significant drawbacks, such as defective surface formation, poor production rate, high cost, and high energy require...
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A study of the water quality of the Adolfo López Mateos Reservoir (ALMD) was developed through different indicators from a spatial and seasonal perspective. Variables related to the general characteristics of water quality, trophic level, and ecological risk were assessed through the National Sanitation Foundation–Brown Water Quality Index (WQINSF–...
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The occurrence, fate, and potential hazards of emerging contaminants (ECs) in the environment remains fully known, with unknown potential long-term disastrous consequences for both human health and the environment. These contaminants are being disposed to water bodies and soil without any type of regulation and without the possibility of convention...
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A study of the water quality of the Adolfo López Mateos Reservoir (ALMD) was developed through different indicators from a spatial and seasonal perspective. Variables related to the general characteristics of water quality, trophic level and ecological risk were assessed through the water Quality Index (WQINSF-BROWN), Trophic State Index (TSICARLSO...
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Iron-doped TiO 2 nanoparticles (Fe-TiO 2) were synthesized and photocatalitically investigated under high and low fluence values of UV radiation. The Fe-TiO 2 physical characterization was performed using X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Mic...
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A water quality index (WQI) for the Adolfo López Mateos Dam (ALMD) was developed based on statistical multiparameter tools assisted with linear programming. ALMD was selected due to its social and economic significance in Sinaloa, the state with the highest agricultural production in Mexico. Twenty-six water-quality parameters were analyzed for fou...
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The use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to improve food production, energy generation, and/or the removal of pollutants from water have changed several paradigms related with the way that the scientific community conceives the future of the respective fields. Nevertheless, the use of ENMs and their eventual release into the environment also gene...
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Iron Doped TiO2 nanoparticles (Fe-TiO2) were synthesized and photocatalitically investigated under high and low fluence values of UV-radiation. The Fe-TiO2 physical characterization was performed using X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Micros...
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According to climate change scenarios, the average annual temperature will increase by around 4°C if current trends continue. Maximum temperatures, however, have already registered higher values in different regions of the world, increasing the number, duration and intensity of heat waves. With the increase of maximum temperatures and the increase...
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Using “greener” processes to treat wastewater has become increasingly popular because these processes are environmentally friendly and offer a wide variety of other benefits, such as reducing costs, reducing the generation of by-products, and providing greater biodegradability. In particular, Moringa oleifera (MO) has historically been used as a na...
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Fe/H2O2 and Co/PMS reactions were compared for l-proline degradation under different initial pH values, various transition metal salt and oxidant agent concentrations, as well with and without irradiation. The Fenton reaction took 60 min to degrade 90% of the l-proline, whereas the Fenton-like reaction achieved the same degradation after only 15 mi...
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Dear colleagues, jointly with the Chemical Engineering journal, I am editing a special issue on Advanced oxidation Technologies for Water Treatment in 2018. I would like to invite you to contribute with this special issue. The deadline to receive your submission is August 30th, 2018 and I am pleased to inform that Chemical Engineering have kindly...
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Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are proposed as a new tool to enhance the quality and characteristics of agricultural soils. ENMs are under high scrutiny because of the controversial information about their potential benefits and risks. A significant part of the scientific community considers ENMs within the same group than naturally produced nanom...
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In this work, a review of the effect of nanoparticles on the growth and development of crops, particularly in indoor agriculture applications, is reported. Historically, the usual information of nanoparticles accidentally arriving into agricultural sites has been reported with negative or catastrophic effects for the crops cultured in the affected...
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The actual population has developed, mainly in modern cities, different ways to reach a certain level of comfort for the daily life. To satisfy this level of convenience, food (crops, cattle, processed food) and industrial (hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, electronics) production has increased, as well as the development of new synthetic products (xe...
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Vinasse is the wastewater generated from ethanol distillation; it is characterized by high levels of organic and inorganic matter, high exit temperature, dissolved salts and low pH. In this work the treatment of undiluted vinasse was achieved using sequentially-coupled biological and advanced oxidation processes. The initial characterization of vin...
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This study evaluated the efficiency of Fenton (Fe/H2O2) and photo-assisted Fenton (Fe2+/H2O2/UV) reactions combined with coagulation-flocculation (C-F) processes to remove the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in a landfill leachate from Mexico at a laboratory scale. The C-F experiments were carried out in jar test equipment using different FeSO4 concen...